Clara Yang to Open 2018-19 International Piano Series

By | September 20, 2018

Praised by Fanfare as “a first-rate pianist who isn’t afraid of challenges,” Chinese-American Pianist Clara Yang has performed in notable venues all over the world and will perform the first concert of the 2018-2019 season of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Her style has been described as “extraordinarily lively, awake and aware of the music’s inner connections.” Yang’s program will include an impressive body of repertoire featuring works by Debussy, Scriabin and Prokofiev.

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Yang has performed in distinguished venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Remonstrantse Kerk (The Netherlands), the Seymour Centre (Sydney, Australia), the Barclay Theater (Irvine, California), Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater (Rochester, New York), the Sunset Center (Carmel, California), Memorial Hall (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Meymandi Concert Hall (Raleigh, North Carolina), and in series such as Carolina Performing Arts, Dame Myra Hess (Chicago Cultural Center), and Mas i Mas at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Yang received her D.M.A. in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Nelita True. She studied with Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music (M.M., Artist Diploma) and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California as a student of John Perry. Dr. Yang is currently on faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill as Associate Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard Studies. Read full bio here.

CONCERT INFO: The concert will take place on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. 

General admission is $20 and FREE for students and College of Charleston employees. Season subscriptions ($70) are available for all four concerts: Clara Yang (Oct. 2), Jeff Ladeur (Nov. 6), Orion Weiss (March 12), and AyşeDeniz Gökçin (April 2). Tickets may be purchased at go.cofc.edu/ips, at the door, by emailing concerts@cofc.edu, or by calling (843) 953-6315.

Yang will also offer a master class, free and open to the public on Wednesday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Cato Center for the Arts, Room 237. Students from the Music Department at the College of Charleston will perform.


The International Piano Series (IPS) is Charleston’s longest running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the School’s mission, IPS plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation.

Each year, IPS stages concerts for pianists hailing from the United States and around the world. While on campus, the guest artists offer masterclasses in which students perform and receive critique. These masterclasses are open to the public. The performers range from young professionals emerging onto the world stage to seasoned performers with long-established careers.

IPS is directed by faculty member Paul Sánchez.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students.